Christmas lighting business? Worth it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nylawnman75, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. nylawnman75

    nylawnman75 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    After listening to a show this morning about getting into the Christmas light installation business, I have been thinking a lot about it. I'm doing fairly well with two crews of two -- year round -- but I want to expand a little. Is this a pie-in-the-sky thing, or is there really business out there? I don't know ANYBODY who pays to put up lights. Maybe my area just isn't that affluent! Everyone I know heads down to the local walmart and buys the cheap crap and strings it up. If you have done it, does it detract from your main business too much? I don't want to be a jack of all trades and master of none.

    I'm wondering if there are guys here who have made a successful business at it (or not), and what advice you might have. Thank you in advance.
  2. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 480

    I got into Holiday Lighting last season and I was very pleased. I did almost no advertising because i got into it late and still made a decent profit. Get in touch with Mike Marlow at Holiday Bright Lights and he will get you in the right direction. They have awesome products and was very pleased. PM me and I will give you his number.
  3. nylawnman75

    nylawnman75 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    What did it cost you to get started? I've got the trucks, ladders, etc., but I'm worried I'm missing something big.
  4. jg244888

    jg244888 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    theres a christmas lighting section on here try starting by reading there
  5. Sack

    Sack LawnSite Member
    from nNJ
    Messages: 47

    It's HUGE in my area.
  6. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 480

  7. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    Zero market for it here. Several guys spent a bunch of money trying to get it going but they lost their shirts... and they spent thousands of bucks advertizing starting in mid November.
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I am starting a related business but it isn't putting Christmas lights up its taking Christmas lights DOWN

    There are so many lazy azzes out there. I am tired of Christmas in April so I will charge people to take the junk down.
    Whadda ya think?:laugh:
  9. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    depends on you...

    I've been decorating since I was 17.... helping my uncle. Eventually, his clients were turned over to me.... I relocated to Myrtle Beach and would fly up Jersey for the month of November to decorate. All homes were finished and lit up by Thanksgiving. I'd return to Myrtle Beach with thousands. :weightlifter: Then fly back up in January to take em' down. Return again with thousands.... :weightlifter:

    I have since givin' it up though... and have been pushing it down here... I'd much rather decorate in 70 degree weather.... :cool2:
  10. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    Mobile, Alabama- You guys have 400,000 folks. The market for folks spending 2000 plus bucks on Christmas lights is usually the top 1 or 2 percent, so you have a potential 4000 to 8000 folks to market to. I would nearly guarantee you I could go in to Mobile, send 3 rounds of 4000 my Christmas postcards, and get at least 80 bids and close at least 25 new customers each year at an average of 2500-3000 per customer. any town has the top earners and they will pay for someone to create a beautiful display if they trust the salesperson, and you do a great job.

    we have 160 customers in my market and have been doing it in this market since 2000. we gain around 35 customers every year and lose 5-20 depending on the year.

    Buffalo, new york, has similar population and should run similar numbers, but Buffalo is a shrinking town.

    I buy from Holiday Bright Lights as well as other companies. HBL offers training and sales literature and has some of the best product lines in the country, and I have bought from dozens. Give Mike a call.

    I'd also take a 5 hour read on the Christmas tree and lights side of lawnsite, it is a great tutorial on what to do to get started and what to expect.

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